Heikin Ashi translates to “average bar” in Japanese. The formula averages out the price movements of a typical candlestick chart. Because the Heikin Ashi is taking an average of the price movements, this chart type tends to show trends and trend reversals more clearly than standard candlestick charts.
Heikin Ashi is useful for short-term trading strategies, whether day trading or swing trading. It can be used in any market, including forex, stocks, commodities and indices. This chart type and indicator can help a trader to spot trends and stay in winning trades. However, before using it, traders must understand how it works, as the averaging of prices can also produce pitfalls.